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Top Choice Music in Southern Canal Ring

Concerto

This rambling shop is muso heaven, with a fabulous selection of new and secondhand vinyl and CDs encompassing every imaginable genre, from rockabilly to classical and beyond. It's good value and has listening facili…
Top Choice Music in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Transylvania

From the courtyard, look for the black metal door that leads down into this dungeon of a shop, which houses room after room of CDs, in every genre imaginable. If you are curious about the russky rock scene, this is …
Top Choice Music in Temple Bar

Claddagh Records

An excellent collection of good-quality traditional and folk music is the mainstay at this centrally located record shop. The profoundly knowledgable staff should be able to locate even the most elusive recording fo…
Top Choice Music in Clerkenwell, Shoreditch & Spitalfields

Rough Trade East

It's no longer directly associated with the legendary record label (home to The Smiths, The Libertines and The Strokes, among many others), but this huge record shop is still the best for music of an indie, soul, el…
Top Choice Music in Falmouth

Jam

Music aficionados mustn't miss Falmouth's finest record store, with a just-so selection of vinyl and CDs, leather sofas, magazines to browse and very decent coffee too. New releases are upstairs, vinyl in the baseme…
Top Choice Music in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

12 Tónar

A very cool place to hang out, 12 Tónar is responsible for launching some of Iceland’s favourite bands. In the two-storey shop you can listen to CDs, drink coffee and sometimes catch a live performance.
Music in Montmartre & Northern Paris

Balades Sonores

One of Paris' best vinyl shops, Balades Sonores sprawls over two adjacent buildings. The ground floor of 1 av Trudaine stocks contemporary pop, rock metal, garage and all genres of French music. Its basement holds s…
Music in Syntagma & Plaka

Xylouris

Set in an arcade with several other music shops, this treasure trove is run by the family of legendary Cretan composer Nikos Xylouris. They can guide you through the comprehensive range of Greek music, as well as a …
Music in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Phonoteka

This cool store will thrill anyone interested in music and cinema, as it sells a very cool range of vinyls from all eras (it’s particularly strong on rare Soviet discs), a great selection of CDs from around the worl…
Music in Totnes

Drift

This vinyl enthusiasts' emporium is a sign of Totnes' increasingly trendy credentials. Everything's brand new here (definitely no secondhand bargains to be had), and the selection is studiously muso. The owners also…